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City Council stands by decision regarding vendors at City Center

Monday night’s Glencoe City Council meeting saw an attempt to rescind the previous meeting’s motion to make the city the exclusive bar provider for the city center.
The motion was prompted by public input from Dubbs Grill and Bar owner Gene Moske. He said he felt making the city the only vendor went against the idea of the City Center as a way to support local businesses. He also said he was concerned with the way the city staff ran the bar equipment and felt they left it messy.
“I’m not surprised, but I’m disappointed,” Moske said about the decision.
Moske also was disappointed that he did not hear from the city sooner about the matter, but rather read it in the paper. Mayor Randy Wilson apologized that he had not been contacted sooner.
When asked why the decision was made, City Administrator Mark Larson explained it was for safety and to move towards a self-sustaining city center. Also, the city did not receive as many vendors as it first planned. Before the motion only three were available.
Council Member Allen Robeck said the city should not be competing against local businesses and then called for a new motion to rescind the previous one. The motion was seconded by Council Member John Schrupp, who wanted to open up the topic to further discussion to ensure the decision was thought out first.

For more, see the Aug. 19 print edition of The Chronicle.